Christmas Like Never Before: Love
By Pastor Bill Flavin | Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph gets the hard news that his fiancee, Mary is pregnant. What should he do? He loves Mary and doesn’t want to hurt her, but this is hard. Joseph has a plan, until he meets an angel, and his plans change, and his understanding of what love means does too.

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Sunday June 9:  2 Thessalonians 3:1-15, “If You Don’t Want to Work, You Don’t Eat.”

Sunday June 9: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-15, “If You Don’t Want to Work, You Don’t Eat.”

This week we take a break from Nehemiah and look into Thessalonians. Both of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonian church address either an individual or individuals who are perfectly capable of working but have adopted a rebellious attitude and are refusing to work. This refusal to work places significant weight on the community of faith, and needs to be addressed with pastoral sensitivity (culminating with Paul’s instruction regarding discipline). I will demonstrate how the refusal to work continues to be a relevant issue today, and conclude with how at creation, God invited us to partner with Him in the gift of work, and even though sin has distorted this gift, in Christ Jesus, God has already begun to redeem the gift of work.